Former Arsenal youngster Chris Willock rejected the chance to join Premier League rivals Tottenham and Manchester City before leaving the Gunners over the summer.

Portuguese outlet A Bola report that the player had offers before taking his career abroad and joining Benfica.

Willock was the latest in growing list of young English players to move to a foreign side in the search of a clearer route to first-team football.

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He follows the likes of Jadon Sancho and Reece Oxford, with the former turning down a professional deal at Manchester City to join Borussia Dortmund.

The report claims that there was also interest in his services throughout the summer, with a number of Premier League teams looking to take him on loan, but he opted to stay in Portugal.

Willock is yet to make his competitive first-team debut for the Portuguese side but is a regular for their B team.